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Definition of "interpreter" []

  • One who translates orally from one language into another. (noun)
  • One who gives or expounds an interpretation: "An actor is an interpreter of other men's words, often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world” ( Alec Guinness). (noun)
  • Computer Science A program that translates an instruction into a machine language and executes it before proceeding to the next instruction. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "interpreter" in a sentence
  • "Of course, having an interpreter is also good, but the interpreted words may lack the vital ingredient because you do not feel the emotion accompanied by these words being passed."
  • "One critic, Stanley Fish, has said that his goal as an interpreter is not to find ‘the truth,’ but to be as interesting as possible."
  • "On Aug. 12, the wire services reported fighting near the Pakistani border and the death of three U.S. soldiers and their Afghan interpreter from a roadside bomb."